A fruitful visit to the University’s Science Park, where the Leaders were welcomed by its President, Antonio Largo
Enrique Baeyens, Head of the University’s Science Park, thanked the Indian Leaders for their visit and stated that he would “be very happy if this is the beginning of a collaboration process between the University of Valladolid (UVa) and Indian institutions.”
UVa maintains solid exchange relations with India, and UVa’s President, Antonio Largo, is part of SICF’s Board of Trustees. After visiting the University’s facilities and learning about its structure, the Indian experts showed an interest in working towards strengthening bonds, offering to welcome UVa’s representatives if they take part in any of the events that will be soon be held in India.
UVa’s Science Park is a space for the University and the companies to work together. It features labs, work rooms and meeting spaces designed to support research and development in science and technology. According to the Park’s Director, its goal is to “foster innovation by boosting technological innovation based on science, generating new jobs in the region, supporting companies created by academics, promoting technology transfer and marketing academic research.”
The Leaders visited the Park’s two sites at UVa’s Miguel Delibes campus: the CTTA building, a business centre for innovative companies; and the I+D UVainnova building, home to the Park’s head offices. CTTA is home to Citospin, a company that produces stem cells for clinical use to combat cell diseases, heart conditions and so on. This biotech spin-off has been supported by UVa since it was founded five years ago.
The I+D UVainnova building, in turn, offers space for companies seeking to settle in the vicinity of the University. These include small startups as well as large corporations such as Ericsson, Nielsen and Indra, the last of which is a patron of the Spain-India Council Foundation through its tech subsidiary Minsait.
Among the resources made available to companies and researchers, Enrique Baeyens mentioned the Data Processing Centre, a microscopy lab equipped with next-generation equipment, an instrumental techniques lab and an infrared thermography system.
Mr Baeyens also mentioned innovation and entrepreneurship support programmes, the University’s collaboration with the regional government and the region’s city councils and international projects such as the Listo cooperation programme between Europe and Latin America, focusing on “university-industry relations, entrepreneurship skills in education and innovation strategies in the University.”